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'Loud blast' at theatre  A loud explosion has been heard at a theatre where Chechen rebels are holding up to 800 people hostage Theatre gunmen fire at escapees  Chechen gunmen have fired bazookas at two women who escaped as medical personnel entered the building 7 freed from theater  Urgent negotiations are going on to try to secure the release of 75 foreign nationals Rebels threaten to kill hostages  Chechens in a theatre have said they will begin shooting hostages if Moscow does not order the withdrawal of troops Russian troops storm theater
  Russia pushes for inspectors' return  President Putin has said UN weapons inspectors must go back to Iraq as soon as possible   Putin celebrating 50th birthday  The president has been showered with gifts, ranging from children's postcards to a jewel-encrusted tsarist crown 9 killed in explosion   Putin balks at U.S. resolution  Russian President has stopped short of offering backing to Tony Blair for tough new measures against Saddam Hussein Dozens missing in blast Governor killed. Police hunt assassin Man and machine chess ends in stalemate Explosion at McDonald's Chechen gunmen seize theater

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Oct.18   Moscow
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Oct.23   Moscow  
  Gunmen took more than 700 people hostage, threatening to kill some. They had mined portions of the building
Oct.24   Moscow  
Oct.25   Moscow  
  36 of the Chechen hostage-takers were killed preventing the explosion of the building. Some of the captors may have escaped
 During a sold out performance of Nord-Ost, 42 heavily armed Chechen militants took 850 hostages and demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya. 129 of the hostages, mainly children who overdosed on Fentanyl, were killed
Oct.26   Moscow 140 die in theatre siege climax   Moscow     Putin sorrow over hostage toll  President has made a televised address to apologise to families of hostages killed. Putin praised the pre-dawn operation Oct.27   Moscow   Gas killed all 115 hostages in raid
  Hostages died of health problems stemming from the gas used to end the siege, Moscow's chief doctor said
  Moscow   Siege gas mystery unresolved  The authorities are under renewed pressure to provide details. A day of national mourning has been declared Oct.28   Moscow   No deals with terrorists - Putin  'Russia will not reach any agreements with terrorists and will not yield to any sorts of blackmail'   Moscow   Anger grows over gas tactics
  Calls are growing for an investigation into why doctors were not provided an antidote to the gas
  Moscow   US identifies deadly siege gas  The sleep inducing substance was not a nerve gas, but an opiate which dulls the senses, the embassy said Oct.29   Moscow   Siege gas 'was morphine spray'  The Pentagon is quoting U.S. Embassy officials   Chechnya     Rebels down Russian helicopter  4 men were killed when a helicopter was shot down by Chechen rebels. Mi-8 helicopter was hit probably with a missile   Moscow   Tense vigil for survivors' relatives  Relatives of hundreds of former hostages are still waiting for word on their condition. The first funerals were held   Moscow   Mass arrests follow siege  Security forces have arrested 30 people, including several security officers, on suspicion of helping the Chechen rebels   Kazakhstan   3-man crew blasts off to Space Station   A manned Soyuz rocket blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome Oct.30   Moscow   Russia names siege gas
  Health Minister says the gas was based on fentanyl, a potent opium-based narcotic used as an anaesthetic
Oct.31   Moscow   Russia scolds N. Korea over nukes  Russia has accused North Korea of being 'ambiguous' about its nuclear weapons programme   Moscow   Arrested with 18 pounds of mercury  Police arrested S. Krymergeri, who is suspected of belonging to the gang of prominent Chechen warlord Basayev

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B. 10-04 Russia pushes for inspectors' return Russia
C. 10-07 Putin celebrating 50th birthday Moscow
D. 10-11 Putin balks at U.S. resolution Russia
4. 10-23 Chechen gunmen seize theater Moscow
5. 10-23 'Loud blast' at theatre Moscow
6. 10-24 Theatre gunmen fire at escapees Moscow
7. 10-24 7 freed from theater Moscow
8. 10-25 Rebels threaten to kill hostages Moscow
10-25 Russian troops storm theater Moscow


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